FOURTH OF JULY REFLECTIONS 2017

He is gone the veteran is no more Come drop a grateful tear The love of God to call his (home?) While he resided here In that blessed faith through life he (persevered?) And died without a fear. On the Fourth of July 2017, I reflect on my 3rd great-grandfather, Lt. John Cotton, who was the son of Colonel Theophilus Cotton. Lt. John Cotton was a veteran of the American Revolution and the first of his line to move west. After the Northwest Territory was ceded to the United States Read More …

REFLECTIONS ON JULY 4th

Plymouth Rock is one of America’s most visited historic sites, but this famous chunk of bedrock wasn’t always the shrine it is today.  The first settler made no mention of it in historical accounts about the famous landing on December 21, 1620. In fact, before going ashore to the mainland, they took refuge that first night at Clark’s Island, just across from the harbor. Focus on the Rock as a historic site was first documented by James Thatcher in his History of Plymouth (1832). Thatcher writes that when the town announced Read More …